Sen. Gratwick earns perfect attendance record in 2018 legislative session

Posted: June 12, 2018 | Senator Gratwick

AUGUSTA — Sen. Geoff Gratwick, D-Bangor, earned a perfect attendance and voting record during the recently concluded legislative session.

“Showing up to do the job is the minimum that should be expected of anyone — regardless of what field they work in,” said Sen. Gratwick. “ I am proud of my record representing Bangor and Hermon at the State House in Augusta.”

During the 2nd Regular Session of the 128th Maine Legislature, Gratwick cast 100 percent of the votes recorded, excluding absences excused by the President of the Senate for illness or other extenuating circumstances. This year, lawmakers cast votes to protect the minimum wage, improve transparency in pricing of prescription medicine and increase access to the life-saving, anti-overdose drug naloxone.

Gratwick also sponsored a bill to make the use of telehealth available through MaineCare, a measure that overwhelmingly passed into law over the governor’s veto in August of last year. Telehealth is the use of health care services through audio-video conferencing. Many states have already moved towards Telehealth or are considering the practice to help ensure rural patients and those unable to travel long distances have equal access to high-quality health care.

Gratwick also had a 100 percent attendance record last year. The 128th Legislature adjourned May 2, leaving several pieces of legislation unresolved. The Legislature will only reconvene should there be a special session.